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 What can we learn from the Italians, who by now are seasoned observers of the virus and the havoc it causes? An Italian health journalist shares reflections.
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New data presented Monday at the World Congress of Cardiology in Melbourne, Australia shows a significant improvement in both patient adherence and risk factor control when patients at high risk of heart attack or stroke receive a polypill — a fixed-dose combination of drugs.

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Aging doctors may not know when they're too old to practice safely. In the name of patient safety, should we be monitoring doctors as they get older?

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There are a lot of ways to work in health news and information beyond general interest journalism. Learn about a career in medical copy-editing from Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, who has been helping medical professionals and researchers write about their work for 16 years. 

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Jody Ranck is an independent consultant and principal investigator at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, where he is helping create a new Public Health Innovation Center that will develop social media, mobile tools, and social innovation strategies to rethink public health practice. He is also a consultant with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Stanford University School of Medicine, where he assists in creating new global health innovation and design programs.

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When it comes to climate change, the most important impacts of the emissions from our cars, power plants and factories are likely to be broad and indirect. Global warming needs to be examined not just from the perspective of medicine, but from public health.

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The catastrophic 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Italy, the recent 4.3 temblor near San Jose and a rash of small quakes in Southern California made me wonder about something I haven't thought about in quite a while: What's going on with hospital seismic safety in quake-prone California? We're already overdue for "the big one."

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John Golenski is executive director of the George Mark Children's House, a children's respite and end-of-life care facility in San Leandro, Calif., for children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. All care is informed by the principles of palliative care. Additional support services are available to all family members, and services are provided regardless of a family's ability to pay. Golenski joined the George Mark Children's House after a long career in clinical services, health care ethics and health policy. From 1978 to 1979, he was executive director of the Shanti Project.

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Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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